What is Osteopathy?
As osteopaths we believe that by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints we can help detect, treat and preventing health problems. Musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain or shoulder issues can all be helped with osteopathic treatment. These issues can vary from general aches & pains to overuse injuries or symptoms from a specific trauma. Osteopathy uses a hands-on approach to treatment; the examination and treatment are done through the osteopath’s palpation (soft touch).
Osteopaths usually use a combination of techniques to help treat your symptoms, most commonly stretching and massage of the muscles & articulation and manipulation of the joints. Here at Bright Osteopathy we also use Western Acupuncture techniques and cranial osteopathic techniques when we think the patient will benefit from these treatments. All of these techniques aim to improve function, mobility and circulation, which then allows the body to start to recover.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. Its key principles rely on all parts of the body functioning together in a complimentary manner. If one part of the body is limited, then the rest of the body adapts around the restricted part and compensates for this.
Here at Bright Osteopathy we treat a wide range of issues – please see the list below, although this isn’t exhaustive.
The aim of cranial osteopathic treatment is to address the stresses and strains within the cranium and the rest of the body and encourages these stresses to release allowing the body to function better. A key osteopathic principle is that structure governs function, so therefore if the physical structures in your body are in a state of balance and harmony it will be able to function at its best. Cranial osteopathic treatment is just one way an osteopath may help your body function at its best.
What We Can Help With
Lower back pain
Peripheral Joint Problems
Shoulder Problems e.g. Frozen Shoulder
A detailed case history about your current complaint and general health will be taken. This will be followed by a physical examination, which will involve the osteopath assessing your general posture, your current area of complaint and the surrounding muscles and joints. A diagnosis and management plan will then be discussed with you. You will also be advised on your first visit on how many appointments the osteopath feels you may need.
It is usual for an osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing during your appointment. It helps us with our treatment if we can see the area that is a problem. We are able to work around some clothing and if this is the case then we ask you wear something comfortable and stretchy – e.g. loose fitting sports clothing.
Once your appointment is booked with us, you will receive a booking confirmation by email or SMS. In the confirmation message a pre-screening form will be included and we require you to fill this in before attending your appointment.
To allow people to find their optimum health and help them promote health and wellbeing and make it a priority in their lives, allowing them to live more comfortably.
We put the patient first, listening to their story and provide an individualised treatment.
We want our patients to feel they have been given enough information about their health to assist their self-management and help them prevent further injury.
After being in agony for 4 weeks, I eventually found my way to Carla (via a recommendation); it felt like, finally, someone talked to and understood my back. The relief after even one appointment was significant, and I felt “back to normal” after 3. Next time (should there be a next time), I will certainly NOT wait four weeks to see Carla! Highly recommended.
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